Snickerdoodle Macarons

Snickerdoodle Macarons! bethcakes.com
These might be my favorite macarons that I’ve ever made.

Which really isn’t saying much since I’ve only made them three times. But still, I’m really excited about how they turned out! In addition to it being a fun word to say, Snickerdoodle is one of my favorite holiday flavors. Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not much of a cookie maker, but that’s not to say I’m not into cookies at all. πŸ˜‰ And Snickerdoodles are definitely the cookies I crave during the fall!

Snickerdoodle Macarons! bethcakes.com
These macarons are basically vanilla with a dusting of cinnamon-sugar on top. I experimented with adding the cinnamon-sugar mixture before and after baking, and dusting before definitely turned out better. After the cookies come out of the oven, there isn’t much for the cinnamon and sugar to stick to.

So when you get to the part of the process where the macarons have been piped onto a baking sheet and they need to sit for 30ish minutes, that’s when the cinnamon sugar mixture happens. Then let them sit like usual.

Snickerdoodle Macarons! bethcakes.com
I didn’t decided what filling to put in these fancy sandwich cookies until it was literally time to fill them. Vanilla or cream cheese with a pinch of cinnamon just didn’t sound exciting enough. And then I remembered a cupcake that we made when I worked at Gigi’s Cupcakes in college. It was a Snickerdoodle cupcake–vanilla/cinnamon cake with cookie dough frosting and cinnamon-sugar on top. It was probably one of the more simple cupcakes there, but it was so good.

So Snickerdoodle frosting it was! I whipped up a typical cookie dough frosting–butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, splash of milk–and added half a teaspoon of cinnamon. I don’t know how I didn’t think of this in the first place, but it is the perfect match for these macarons. The idea was based on a cookie, so obviously you need some of that cookie flavor in there too!

Snickerdoodle Macarons! bethcakes.com
Even though I’ve only made macarons three times, they are so so so much easier than I thought they’d be. Before I was always so intimidated by them, how fragile and delicate they are, and how easily the recipe can turn into a disaster. But even on a day that was “too humid” for macarons, they still turned out pretty decent! So my advice to you is, definitely definitely definitely make macarons soon if you haven’t. They’re just so cute and fancy, you’ll feel so proud of yourself afterwards. πŸ™‚
Snickerdoodle Macarons
 
Ingredients
for the macaron cookies
  • 1¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 large egg whites, room temp
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp sugar (or extra superfine sugar)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
snickerdoodle frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
macarons
  1. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Combine the powdered sugar and almond flour, then sift and toss the thicker pieces of almond flour that remain.
  2. In another bowl, combine the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed with a handheld electric mixer until frothy. Then mix on medium-high speed and gradually add the superfine sugar. Mix until stiff peaks form.
  3. Add the egg white mixture and the vanilla extract to the bowl with the powdered sugar and almond flour, and carefully fold until combined.
  4. Transfer the batter to a piping bag with a round tip and pipe circles onto the prepared baking sheet. (I free handed this, but if you want a template to place under the parchment paper or silicon to help you make them all the same size, check out this one.) Tap the baking sheet against the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  5. This is when you would typically let the batter sit for about 30 minutes. Instead, wait about 15 and stir together the sugar and cinnamon and then sprinkle a little on top of each macaron. I used this just because I have it, but a small spoon or sieve could work well here too. Let the macarons continue to sit until you can lightly touch one without it sticking to your finger.
  6. Bake the macarons for about 15 minutes. This will really depend on your oven, so definitely start by setting your timer for less time, and then check them. The original recipe said to bake for 20 minutes, but mine were done at 15. Let them cool completely before gently lifting them from the baking sheet.
snickerdoodle frosting
  1. Beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until just combined, then beat on medium speed for one minute.
  2. Transfer the frosting to a piping back with a small round tip and pipe onto half of the cookies. Sandwich the rest of the cookies on top, and then eat some macarons!
Notes
Recipe adapted from Food Network. All images and content are copyright protected by bethcakes. Please do not use my images without permission. Thank you.

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